A group known as Concerned Youth of Atiwa West in the Eastern Region has threatened to expose the mining activities of the Women’s Organiser of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Kate Gyamfua, if she does not apologise to their MP, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, who is the Minister of Roads, for accusing him of only fixing roads in his hometown.
Ms Gyamfua was reported to have made the accusation on Akyem Oda-based Ahenkan FM.
Responding to her accusation, the group, led by conveners Yaw Ofori, a Constituency Communication officer of the NPP and Amoako Richmond, said at a press conference on Tuesday, 27 April 2021, Ms Gyamfua’s attack amounted to “hate speech against the good people of Atiwa West and our MP”.
“We see her statement as one to court public disaffection toward our MP but no amount of vilification and propaganda against him will succeed and we urge the public to disregard the statement by Madam Kate Gyamfua and her subsequent public denial with the utmost contempt it deserves.
“We are, on this note, calling on her to retract and apologise within 24 hours or be ready to park out of our land which she is earnestly destroying”, the group threatened.
According to the group, the minister is overseeing the construction of various road projects across the country contrary to the claims made by Ms Gyamfua.
The group listed some of those roads as follows: 100km Kumasi inner roads, 14km Adenta-Dodowa dual carriageway, 34.9km Seikwa-Berekum road, 209km Oti Damango-Nakpanduri road, 57km Wa-Walewale road, Tema-Akosombo road among others, noting that Ms Gyamfua is “one of the biggest beneficiaries” of the road projects ongoing in Atiwa West constituency since her heavy-duty mining vehicles use the roads daily.
“Madam Kate Gyamfua has over the past ten years been mining in the Atiwa enclave and as of today, holds the biggest mining concession in the constituency, and with this, can she happily point to any project a community within the constituency has benefitted from her mining company?”
“The only benefits that Atiwa West constituency has received from her mining services were the shooting of a 15-year-old JHS 3 pupil by the company’s security officer and the mysterious death of a young man at your site.
“It will interest you to know that in 2020, when the deadly coronavirus pumped its ugly head out, in its quest to help curb the spread of the disease in the district, the district health administration in conjunction with the district health committee requested for assistance from her mining company, don’t be surprised that after a year no response has been heard from them”.
“We see her statement as one to court public disaffection towards our MP but No amount of vilification and propaganda against him will succeed and we urge the public to disregard the statement by Madam Kate Gyamfua and her subsequent public denial with the utmost contempt it deserves. We on this note calling on her to retract and apologise within 24 hours or be ready to park out of our land which she is earnestly destroying,” they claimed.